Contests/Opportunities for all Grades
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - September 20th deadline
The contest is open to 12th graders, college undergraduate or graduate student for any part of the school year in which the contest is held. The essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1600 words in length.
SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE TOPICS:
- The covers of many editions of Atlas Shrugged describe it as “a mystery story, not about the murder of man’s body, but about the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit.” Choose three of the most significant mysteries you encounter in Part I of the novel and explain what you think are the solutions to each. For each one, how does it relate to “the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit”?
- Atlas Shrugged tells the story of what happens to a society when its most productive members go missing. Where today can a similar situation be found? Select a well-known situation that has made international headlines. Explain what you understand to be both the cause and the effect of the situation. In what ways are the circumstances similar to the story of Atlas Shrugged? In what ways are they different?
- James says to Cherryl: “I don’t want to be loved for anything. I want to be loved for myself not for anything I do or have or say or think.” What does James mean by this? What do Cherryl’s responses to James suggest her view of love to be? What is your view? How does this issue relate to the wider themes of the novel?
Prize money is up to $25,000
Red Deer & District Labour Council Essay Contest - October 31st deadline
Must be a grade 12 graduate of a Central Alberta High School attending a post-secondary institution in the fall. Write an essay of 1000 - 1500 words, based on "Why are Unions Important to Society?"
Prize money is $1000
Student Life Network - Full Ride 2020 Contest - December 31st deadline
The Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada who are sixteen (16) years of age or older as of the date of entering the Contest. You are currently a registered student in good standing at an accredited university, college or high school; and have only one active Student Life Network account which must be created before December 31st, 2020. You have a chance to win a 4 year tuition.
Prize money is $35,000
Tough Turtle Turf Scholarship - December 31st deadline
Tough Turtle Turf recognizes the importance of investing in students in the environmental and/or water conservation industry. Must be a High School senior or undergraduate currently enrolled in an accredited college/university. Write an essay about your education aspirations after graduation (750-1,500 words).
Prize money is $1,500.
Lives That Make a Difference Essay Competition - December 31st deadline
Students in grades 5 - 12 may enter by writing an essay based on someone they think made the biggest impact on Canadian society in 2019.